BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Two men, arrested last month in a Butte County marijuana bust, have pleaded no-contest to felony cultivation charges Wednesday. The case included video evidence found on electronic devices at the grow site near Feather Falls. Butte County district attorney Mike Ramsey said Tony Moua, 33, of Stockton, and Francis Moua, 54, of Merced, can be seen in the video, which they made themselves.
Both men were arrested on Sept. 4 in a drug raid conducted by the Butte County Sheriff's Office's Special Enforcement Unit. The raid netted more than 600 plants, as well as six fire arms, one of them allegedly stolen. The video provided by the district attorney’s office, and apparently created by the suspects, shows both men at the grow site posing with the plants and with guns.
Ramsey said under Proposition 64, cultivation of marijuana is normally a misdemeanor, except in cases where there is evidence of environmental violations. Ramsey said in this case the land had been cleared and there was extensive use of fertilizers and chemicals with the potential to flow downhill to streams that feed Lake Oroville.
The two men also pleaded no-contest to possession of an assault rifle. They face up to three years, eight months in prison when they are sentenced Oct. 31.